Exhibitions and Experiences—A D.C. Guide for E&E, After Hours

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A visit to D.C. generally involves visits to a few museums, a walk down the mall and a photo beside the Washington Monument, but that’s not all the District has to offer in terms of experiences.

Washington isn’t just neoclassical government buildings and amazing museums—it’s also home to some of the best restaurants, bars and shopping. We asked D.C. chapter chairs Liza Rao of Gallagher & Associates, Hannah Olin of Gensler and Christopher Smith of Gelberg Signs for their top picks for things to do in the nation’s capital, below.


Explore & Experience


Sip & Savor

D.C. Chapter Chair-recommended restaurants by neighborhood


Browse & Buy

  • Go to Kramerbooks & Afterwords to pick up a book for the flight home—and stay awhile at the café/bar.
  • Little Leaf is an adorable one-stop shop for plants, paper goods and gifts.
  • Stop by the Made in DC Shop for local coffee, chocolate, art, clothing and more. Support local artisans and pick up some unique gifts in one fell swoop.
  • Miss Pixie’s, self-described as “furnishings and whatnot,” is one of a number of intriguing shopping opportunities along 14th Street.
  • Find a new favorite outfit in Georgetown’s shopping district.


P.S. Don’t forget to join SEGD on Thursday evening for the D.C. Chapter Social Mixer to kick off the E&E event!